Paras Aerospace has indigenously developed a highly capable UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). A prototype was unveiled at Aero India 2021 by Anish Mehta, Director, Paras Defence and Space technologies Limited; Pankaj Akula, CEO, Paras Aerospace Private Limited; Munjal Shah, Managing Director, Paras Defence and Space technologies Limited. Paras Aerospace is a subsidiary of Paras Defence and Space technologies Limited. The company, which is participating in Aero India 2021, offers a wide range of UAV integrations and UAV-based services in Aerial Mapping and Surveying, GIS and Infrastructure. The company is led by Pankaj Akula, an Ex- Principal Scientist in Aerospace with various distinctions including the Best Scientist Award from National Aerospace Laboratories and a Gold Medal from IIT Kanpur.
At present, UAVs with High-end multi-spectral cameras of international make are priced at INR 15 lakhs and above. Paras has embarked on a mission to reduce the selling price by INR 12 lakh by indigenously developing multi-spectral cameras to ensure that they are used by a wide range of consumers, including farmers.
Pankaj Akula, CEO of Paras Aerospace, said, “UAVs have wider applications in the industrial and civilian sectors beyond the traditional military sector. Today, UAV-based services are used in highway mapping, urban planning, construction monitoring, maintenance of airports, dams, energy sector, forestry, and plant Inspection. In fact, UAV-based services can be extended to even the farm sector to assist farmers. However, the costs are still high. Hence, we are indigenously developing Agri cameras at an estimated sale price of less than Rs 3 lakh per unit.”